How do I socialize my big year old male doberman pincher who is trained in every way with commands except does not listening to commands when he see’s somebody he does not like or other dogs, he barks and tries to get them?
Other then this he is the greatest dog but now he is to “LARGE” for anyone to trust him around them or there dogs at the park to begin to try and socialize him. How do I go about this I feel like he is a loaded gun now.
If you believe you have a loaded gun you need to seek a professional dog trainer or behaviorist in your area. Get a recommendation for someone with a lot of experience who does not utilize forceful methods or painful tools (prong collars, shock collars, etc), which would be a bad match for a dog in your situation. They often make the situation worse, or at least very difficult or impossible to address in the future.
The likely reason that your dog is not listening to commands is he is too excited (by fear, anger, or something else) to “hear” you. Basically, his emotions are in the way so any kind of command will not work. Same for humans – for example, say you were witnessing a car crash and your passenger was saying something. You very well might not hear a thing they were saying, because the car crash was so dramatic and all-encompassing. In dog trainer lingo, your dog is “above threshold” in this case – completely focused on something else and very worked up, and not capable of listening or focusing on anything else. Training is useless with a dog like this. A dog at or below “threshold” is not too excited to listen – and, with your dog in one of these states, you can work with him and slowly raise their confidence or desensitize them to the triggers so you can face or at least live with the object that triggered that reaction in the first place.
The trainer or behaviorist will start work by figuring out if your dog is fearful, super excited, angry, or whatever is going on to trigger that reaction – and what exactly your dog is reacting to. The type of person, the type of dog, and so on. Then the trainer will work with you to figure out how far away you need to be to desensitize the behavior, and ways to do so. For example, your dog has that reaction 20 feet away from the person or dog. You will work with your dog 50 feet away, maybe by having him look at it, then away and receive a reward (toy, praise, food) for being calm. Then you slowly get closer and so on. But what this is, and how you do it, should be addressed by a professional. There will be many parts of this training that needs to be customized specifically for you, your dog, and the trigger. You may need to involve trusted individuals to be the “trigger” dog and people, for safety reasons.
Good luck, and please don’t try this training and behavior adjustment work on your own. If you absolutely cannot afford or find assistance, please place a muzzle on your dog and a double leash (one in your hand, one attached to a belt) to keep everyone safe from the loaded gun.
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